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Postby Saltrams » Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:47 pm

Last Nov 15th I ordered a 7004T from UK Amazon. It was out of stock at the time & said something to the effect of "order now and we will advise when item is available". I have done this for other items in the past & had a few days or a week to wait. Well, it has been over 3 months now & Amazon don't tell me anything when I nag them, just that they can't get any from their supplier.
I'm well aware this isn't an Amazon complaints forum! My point is to find out if there are supply issues at Asustor. Amazon won't tell me who their supplier is but I'm wondering if the whole of the UK is waiting on a slow container ship full of 7004T units, or whether they aren't coming out of the factory at the moment for some reason? Can anyone shed any light on this strange state of affairs please? (let alone do anything about it!) Maybe I should think of cancelling & getting the 7008T? Is that the closest model performance-wise? I don't really need 8 bays but I want the unit primarily for a future proof (in so far as is possible) Plex media server and data back-up in mirrored array. Thanks in advance everyone.
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Re: order of new 7004T

Postby crazynas » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:34 am

This problem may issue on distributor. If you urgent buy nas. I suggest you can contact with ASUSTOR directly. May they can shipment NAS to you.
But I saw Amazon on UK. specially highlight Usually dispatched within 1 to 2 months. ... ds=AS7008T
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Re: order of new 7004T

Postby MikeG.6.5 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:39 am

My personal opinion here. Take it with a grain of salt:

I have a 7004T. The one thing I wish I had done when I purchased the unit was to get either the 7008T or 7010T model. Right now I have over 36TB on this NAS. That's done with 4 external devices for a total of over 22TB hanging on either USB or eSATA ports. Had I bought a much larger bay model, I wouldn't have a need for all of these external drives outside of the NAS. (And the increased power requirements each of these externals add to the equation!)

So, if I were to do it all over, it would have been a 7008T or 7010T as I said. I would likely still have at least 1 eSATA drive array, but it wouldn't be a primary drive like it is now. It also wouldn't rely on the buggy energy savings feature that Asustor has in the current build. I literally have had the machine hibernate, and all of the external drives can't be revived when they are put into hibernation. It takes a full reboot without the drives on the system, then plugging them back in one at a time to get them back into the system and full functionality. This takes upwards of 2-3 hours PER DAY to get my production media server back up and running! (Yes, I do have a ticket open on this issue!)

Figure out how much storage you need RIGHT NOW. Then double that to get an idea of what you are likely to need a year or so down the road. And then double that again, because once you start adding media it adds up quicker than you think it will. Figure out how many drives it takes for that amount of storage and that should tell you how many bays you should be looking to get.

Also, if you have the money to put into it, look at the i5 or i7 models. They have a beefier CPU that can handle a lot more transcoding processes than the i3-4330 in the 7004T. While, ideally, you don't want trasncoding for a perfect Plex Experience, at times you may find that you need it. (Remote access, say on a phone or tablet.) Leverage the CPU to do the job. And if you haven't already looked at some of the tips I have on Plex and optimizing the NAS and your media, a good starting point are some of the links in my signature. (These are all mine, BTW... )
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